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May 23, 2008
A Little Bit of Everything
Bradley Beach craft fair runs gamut

Old typewriter keys join aluminum can cutouts as foils to genuine pearls, rubies, silver, gold and other “finds”in the hand-crafted jewelry of Laurie Olefson of Fair Haven. Small aluminum cans are transformed into zany, battery-powered art clocks that really work.

Olefson’s artworks will be on display along with works by scores of other artists and vendors in the 10th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Art and Craft Fair in Bradley Beach, Saturday and Sunday. There is a great mix of vendors and visitors to this annual event. “People watching” is part of the fun—all walks of life come together to open the summertime tourist season in Bradley Beach—and actually—along the entire Jersey Shore.

Olefson’s typewriter key earrings feature paired words, “peace” + “love,” “peace” + “quiet,” “yin” + “yang,” “starter wife” + “trophy wife,” “peanut butter” + “jelly,” “artist” + “genius.” Her jewelry creates an impact as wearable art.

“I love to wear these, “rock”(earring), “paper” (earring), “scissors” (pendant), and the “jersey” + “girl” earring are my signature” she said.

Warren and Janet Siri have co-chaired this annual craft show since its inception. “This is the 10th year and this year we are expecting over 100 crafters, vendors and food vendors. Everything from arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, general merchandise and lots of great food will be available."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 15:07

When you can't wait for the next show you can make a  purchase o
nline at shop.olefsondesign.com

I like to do Jersey themed things to show off the best of what we have to offer. These days the only things that people hear about come from sources like "Jersey Shore", "Jerseyliscious", "Housewives of New Jersey" and Chris Christie! But those of us tried and true Jerseyans know that what we have here is pretty good and even though we are mostly misunderstood we are proud to be from New Jersey  And so I have been making little pieces of Jersyana, my "JERSEY + GIRL" earrings, my optometrist lens pendants of  amazing Jersey firsts, relective of our high number of Jersey entrepreneurs.  Now I am making beautiful necklaces with our old, obsolete parkway tokens.


AND NOW, you can make your purchases online at shop.olefsondesign.com